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WZRD (/dʌbəlju-zi-ɑːr-diː/) is an American rock band and record production team, composed of longtime friends and frequent collaborators, Dot da Genius and Kid Cudi.[1] Formed in New York City in 2010, Cudi originally named the band Wizard, inspired by British heavy metal band Black Sabbath's song of the same name. However, Cudi renamed the band on two occasions, the first being in April 2011 to 2 Be Continuum, explaining: "I needed something more original, something different...". The second time occurred in November 2011, to the band's current namesake.[1][2] The eponymous debut album, WZRD, was released in February 2012, peaking at number three on the US Billboard 200 chart.[3] The album was supported by the lead singles, "Brake" and "Teleport 2 Me, Jamie".

Scott "Kid Cudi" Mescudi and Oladipo "Dot da Genius" Omishore met through a mutual friend, with whom Cudi once worked at Abercrombie & Fitch.[4] After working together for about seven months, Cudi was being evicted from his apartment. With plans to move back to Cleveland, Ohio, Dot da Genius' parents allowed Cudi to stay with them and their family, so the two could continue working together and pursue their music careers.[4]

In addition to being very good friends, Dot da Genius has produced some of Kid Cudi's earliest work from his demos,[5] to songs on his critically acclaimed mixtape A Kid Named Cudi (2008), which was Cudi's breakout project and the first to feature their hit single "Day 'n' Nite". Since then they have worked together on Cudi's debut album Man on the Moon: The End of Day (2009) as well as his second album, Man on the Moon II: The Legend of Mr. Rager (2010).[6][7] It wasn't until they were recording "Trapped in My Mind" for Cudi's second album, that ideas of a rock album surfaced. In an interview with Complex magazine, Dot da Genius recounted the recording session: "It was pretty much the same time that we built a studio in Cudi's crib. We did "Trapped In My Mind" and we were dwelling on it like, "This is crazy, we need to put some guitar riffs on this." So I had my homie B-rent, come through Cudi's crib with his guitar, and Cudi did the guitar riff with his mouth cause Cudi couldn't play the guitar. So Brent replayed it. Then Cudi picked up [Brent's] guitar and started fiddling around with it, and I swear to you within like five minutes, he had a legitimate guitar riff. He never played a guitar a day in his life, but had an ill riff that we could make a song with."[8]

Kid Cudi first unveiled the project in January 2011, after returning to Twitter and announcing a new album he was hoping to have out by the summer: "pushing for a summer release of the wizard album... wizard is a rock album, no raps, just singing. brand new thing... workin on some Jay and 'Ye shit... new mixtape A Man Named Scott thats this summah for all those who fucks with my raps, this is for u since ima be all rocked out with the wizard shit. also its free... oh and new york catch me if u can, i start filmin "how to make it" in march."[9][10] In April 2011, Cudi renamed the band from Wizard to 2 Be Continuum, explain: "I needed something more original, something different, but it's still wizardry at its finest". The second time occurred in November 2011, to the band's current namesake.[1][2] On May 31, 2011 Cudi released a promotional single titled "Perfect is the Word". It was the first song Cudi and Dot da Genius worked on for the album.[11] During a Ustream broadcast, they unveiled a song titled "Rocket" and announced it as the second single.[12]

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